Tuesday, July 4, 2017


UPDATE: http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20170704/woman-in-serious-condition-after-dog-attack-on-hubinger-street-in-new-haven

New Haven Emergency Operations Deputy Director Rick Fontana on Tuesday said the woman had “very serious head, neck and face injuries,” from dog bites.
The attack took place in the yard of 93-95 Hubinger St. , where the victim and the dog’s owner live, according to New Haven Police Department spokesman Officer David Hartman.
Neighbors on Hubinger Street identified the victim as a longtime resident where the attack took place. Neighbors said the victim was conscious when she was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital. She was was listed in “serious condition” as of 6:16 p.m. Tuesday.

 Neighbor Tonya Crump said the victim was being introduced to a new tenant’s dog when the dog began attacking her. Crump and her husband, Jaye, where cleaning their yard on the property next door when they first heard the screams.
“I ran down the driveway and started screaming for my husband as I’m grabbing the stick to come follow me, so he starts running behind me,” Crump said. The first screams were most likely from the dog’s owner, a woman and new tenant at the house, Crump said. Crump said dog’s owner attempted to protect the victim by separating the dog from the woman. After removing the dog from the victim, Crump and a neighbor who is a nurse used sponges and gloves to apply pressure to the victim’s wounds.
“I told her to keep talking,” Crump said. “She stayed conscious the whole time.”
Describing the extent of the victim’s injuries caused Crump to take pause.
“One in particular was really bad,” Crump said. “The other two weren’t so bad. They were just lacerations. There was one in the head that was really, really bad.”
Crump’s husband, Jaye, appeared shaken when he spoke to reporters outside his home later on Tuesday. He initially declined to be interviewed, but slowly detailed how he may have helped save the woman’s life. Jaye Crump said he struck the dog several times with a piece of wood until he said the dog  "WENT UNCONSCIOUS." 
“It was scary. I wish it was a cat, but it was a real big dog,” Jaye Crump said.
Crump said she’s known the victim for more than 15 years. He couldn’t tell if the blood on the dog’s owner was hers, the dogs, or the victim’s.

"The dog was just too big," Jaye Crump said.  "She looked terrible...she was bleeding all over.   The good part is she left conscious.”
New Haven Fire Department Engine 9, which includes a paramedic unit, responded to the scene along with AMR paramedics and New Haven police, Fontana said. He added first responders arrived about five minutes after the initial call. Crump said all three medical responders arrived at the same time.
The dog was secured by a kennel at the scene, Fontana said, with the assistance of New Haven Fire. Hartman and neighbors reported the dog’s breed is a PIT BULL. No charges have been made at of 4 p.m., because Hartman said the interaction took place on a private property and was not the result of a loose animal.
Neighbors described the victim as a “nice lady” who previously owned and cared for pit bulls, Crump said. She and her husband usually have a “non-stressful” life.
“Because of her age, I hope that she’s okay,” Crump said. Jay Crump said despite the nature of the incident, he would act the same way if it happened again.

“It was a split decision. I’m glad I helped,” Jaye Crump said.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A woman was attacked by a pit bull in New Haven on Tuesday.
According to city officials, the woman is 78-years-old and suffered severe injuries to her head, neck, back of the head and both arms in the attack.
News 8 is told that the victim is the landlord at the property on 93-95 Hubinger Street where it happened and the pit bull belonged to a new tenant. An official said the new tenant was attempting to acclimate the dog and make introductions when the attack happened in the backyard at around 2:20 p.m.
Officials tell News 8 that the woman was conscious when she was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her family is with her at the hospital where a plastic surgeon is reviewing her case. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries, but  medical officials are calling them serious due to her age and her significant blood loss. Police say she remains in critical condition at the hospital.
The woman is alert and talking and medical professionals say she is expected to survive.
Police have not released the woman’s identity.
New Haven Police Department Animal Control has quarantined the dog at the animal shelter. According to the patrol supervisor who responded to the incident, the dog’s owner has not been charged since the encounter between the dog and the victim was not as a result of a loose animal and was on private property.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Any pedigree dog can do this. You have to be careful."

Yeah, careful not to ever interact with a pit bull. DUH!